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The Code of the Samurai : A Contemporary Translation of the Bushido Shoshinshu of Taira Shigesuke - Thomas Cleary

The Code of the Samurai

A Contemporary Translation of the Bushido Shoshinshu of Taira Shigesuke

By: Thomas Cleary, Oscar Ratti (Illustrator)

Hardcover Published: 15th September 1999
ISBN: 9780804831901
Number Of Pages: 128

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Learn the ways of the Japanese Bushido Code with this very readable, modern translation of the Bushido Shoshinshu.

Code of the Samurai is a four-hundred-year-old explication of the rules and expectations embodied in Bushido, the Japanese Way of the Warrior. Bushido has played a significant role in shaping the behavior of modern Japanese government, corporations, society, and individuals, as well as in developing modern Japanese martial arts within Japan and internationally.

The Japanese original of this book, Bushido Shoshinshu, (Bushido for Beginners), has been one of the primary sources on the tenets of Bushido, a way of thought that remains fascinating and relevant to the modern world, East and West. This handbook, written after five hundred years of military rule in Japan, was composed to provide practical and moral instruction for warriors, correcting wayward tendencies and outlining the personal, social, and professional standards of conduct characteristic of Bushido, the Japanese chivalric tradition.

With a bright, conversational narrative by Thomas Cleary and powerfully evocative line drawings by master illustrator Oscar Ratti, this book is indispensable to corporate executives, students of Asian Culture, martial artists, or anyone sincerely interested in Japan and its people.

About the Author

Thomas Cleary is one of the best known and most accomplished translators of the wisdom of Asia. He holds a doctorate in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University. Cleary has translated "Soul of the Samurai," "Samurai Wisdom," "The Art of War" and "Secrets of the Japanese Art of Warfare," as well as over 70 other titles on martial arts philosophy, Buddhism, Taoism and religion.

About the Illustrator

Oscar Ratti co-authored "Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere" and "Secrets of the Samurai: The Martial Arts of Feudal Japan," and was a frequent contributor of artwork and essays to major publications.

"...useful for students of the modern and classical martial arts and well worth buying." -Meik Skoss, Koryu.com "This is a compelling, well-written translation." -Lawrence Kane, author of The Little Black Book of Violence and The Way of Kata "...a wonderful book for anyone who wants to understand the ideals behind the true warrior."-Bohdi Sanders, author of Warrior Wisdom: Ageless Wisdom for the Modern Warrior

Introductionp. vii
General Discussionp. 3
Educationp. 6
Familial Dutyp. 7
Principles of Warriorsp. 10
Not Forgetting Combatp. 13
Monk-Warriorsp. 14
Right and Wrongp. 18
The Valiantp. 22
Courtesy and Respectp. 25
Horsemanshipp. 28
Army Principles and Combat Principlesp. 31
Managing the Homep. 35
Relativesp. 36
Frugalityp. 39
House Buildingp. 41
Military Equipmentp. 42
Equipping Subordinatesp. 45
Warriorsp. 46
Modestyp. 47
Choosing Friendsp. 48
Friendly Relationsp. 49
Severing Relationsp. 51
Famep. 52
Big Talk and Criticismp. 54
Travelp. 55
Warning Against Backbitingp. 57
Guardianshipp. 58
Facing Deathp. 60
Servicep. 65
Vassalagep. 67
Military Servicep. 70
Discretionp. 72
Verbal Expressionp. 73
Family Historiesp. 75
Escortp. 76
Officialsp. 77
Borrowing Authority and Stealing Authorityp. 79
Exactionsp. 82
Watch Commanders and Superintendentsp. 85
Lazinessp. 86
Dealing with Emergenciesp. 87
Self-Expressionp. 89
Dying Loyaltyp. 90
Cultural Refinementp. 95
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ISBN: 9780804831901
ISBN-10: 0804831904
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 128
Published: 15th September 1999
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 19.1 x 12.7  x 0.64
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Type: New edition